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Organization Profile

Somerset Community Action Program

Somerset Community Action Program is an organization which mobilizes resources, both public and private, to enable the members of the community to become self-sufficient. This may happen at an individual, family, or neighborhood level and is accomplished through the development of employment opportunities, the improvement of human performance, productivity, motivation, and the bettering of conditions under which low-income families live, learn, and work. The programs within SCAP seek to strengthen the community's capabilities for planning and coordinating federal, state, and private sector resources related to the elimination of poverty. SCAP is conducted and administered with members of the community. This participation includes both the training and employment of the members in service delivery jobs and volunteer positions as well as their participation on policy-making groups, including the SCAP Board of Directors. Through this participation, it is believed that low-income persons may pursue involvement in other community policy-making groups, including elective offices. Somerset Community Action Program is proud to host The Head Start Program as both a concept and a community facility. Since 1964, Somerset County Head Start has served preschool children utilizing federal funds. At the present time, we are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to serve 3 to 5 year old children. The sponsor and grantee for the Head Start Program is the Somerset Community Action Program. The program direction is set by the Policy Council, which receives input from the classroom and working committees. The purpose of these meetings is for parents to make policies, which are collectively implemented by staff. It represents drawing together all resources (family, community, and professionals), which can contribute, to the child's total development and readiness for school.

Children & Youth Education
Somerset, NJ, 08873

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